San Silvestre Runs

Monday, December 31, 2018
By Louise Powell

ALM San Silvestre 2018You might have heard of the San Silvestre Charity Runs, which take place at the end of December in many Hispanic countries, as well as Spain.

Traditionally the race is held on the 31st of December, which is the saint’s day, but many places, such as Almuñécar and Salobreña, for example, hold them a few days before to coincide with weekends.

Almuñécar held its 9th edition with 180 runners taking part, in aid of raising funds for the cancer association, Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer. It was organised by the Club de Atletismo Sexitano.

Club Coordinator, David Jiménez, explained that it is not a competitive race; i.e., it’s not about coming first, but purely about participating for a good cause. However, the best, fancy dress adopted by the runners did win prizes, such as a leg of Jamón Serrano and a 5-litre bottle of olive oil, won by the Guardería del Club GTI. The Second Prize was a shoulder of Jamón Serrano won by Batman!

SAL San Silvestre 2018Meanwhile, over in Salobreña, there was a bigger participant base for the 6th edition, comprising of 260 runners. The First Prize for the best fancy dress went to a group of runners disguised as Christmas trees.

Runners set out from Plaza del Museo at the top of town along an 800-metre route, through La Bóveda, Calle Martín Recuerda, returning along Calle Estación, Calle Torre, Calle Gloria and Calle Agrela.

(News: Almunecar/Salobrena, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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